Most grooms can't wait to help with the planning of the honeymoon or at least help pick the destination. There are hundreds of resorts or hotel destinations around the world and it can be hard to figure out which is best for you and your bride. Just follow our top tips for planning your ideal honeymoon and sit back, relax and enjoy with your new wife! Hear from real grooms as they give you a look into why they chose their honeymoon destination and their favorite excursion or activity!
Choosing YOUR perfect destination
Basically you can choose to go anywhere in the world whether it be tropical, exotic or somewhere on your bucket list. Read reviews from past vacationers and take time to view all the websites for the resorts or hotels you are considering. Don’t forget to take the weather into account for the time of year you are looking to travel. The location can make all the difference in making your honeymoon amazing. Make sure it holds all the amenities that are important to YOU!
Make your honeymoon STRESS-FREE
Do the research on activities, excursions or restaurants before you even step on the plane or in the car. Usually the resorts or hotels have a concierge or someone who can direct you to the best spots. Reach out to them before you arrive so they have options ready for you at check-in. There may be special options for honeymooners! Speak to the locals and ask what they recommend to do!
CHECK your passport’s expiration dates
Can you imagine looking at your passport and realizing a week before your wedding it is expired? This detail can be overlooked when planning your wedding. Make sure yours and your intended’s passport is not expired. Speaking of her passport, make sure she does not legally change her name until you return from your honeymoon. Her ID and passport need to match to return to the country so this detail is important.
Don’t be afraid to MENTION it’s your honeymoon
Honeymoons can be expensive! Just mentioning this when booking your room can automatically get you specials add-ons or an upgrade. Ask if there is a special honeymoon package that you may enjoy. People love to see happy couples and want to help make it memorable for you. Enjoy the special (and sometimes FREE) treatment!
What the Grooms had to say!
"Jamaica is a wonderful paradise that offered us a great combination of luxury and affordability. The resort coordinated a scuba diving excursion for us which was a big highlight for me on our honeymoon."
- Rob, Honeymoon in April, Jewels Dunn River Resort, Ochos Rios, Jamaica
“Hawaii wasn't my first choice for honeymoon destination. Europe would have been my preference. Happy life happy wife I guess. Of all the activities in Hawaii, Mauna Kea was top of my list. I read others comments online, which directed me to other websites. We drove 10,000 ft up the side of this dormant volcano to the observatories that lead to prime star galaxy. Nothing compares to viewing the stars so vividly that it appears as though God left brushstrokes when painting the Milky Way.”
- Mike, Honeymoon in September, The Fairmont Orchid Resort, Hawaii
“We went to New Zealand because of the adventure aspect and outdoor activities but mostly because we knew we wouldn’t get to spend 2+ weeks together just the two of us for a while afterward and wanted to take advantage of that. When booking our trip we used a travel agency called Uniquely New Zealand because we planned to stay and visit more than just one city. We stayed at multiple hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in the Nelson, Kaikoura, Christ Church, Wanaka, Mt. Cook and Dunedin areas, so their help was amazing when it came to where to stay and what to do!
- Geordie, Honeymoon in December, New Zealand
“We picked NYC for a few reasons. We see a baseball game every 4th of July, so going to NYC meant that we got to see the Mets on our honeymoon. We also went to see shows, eat the great food, and see the sights. I mean who wouldn’t want to be in NYC for the 4th?”
- Rick, Honeymoon in July, Yotel Hotel near Times Square, NYC
“Punta Cana was the perfect honeymoon destination for us because it was somewhere neither of us had been before and the outdoor activities looked interesting. We took advantage of the resort’s concierge and set two excursions to Santo Domingo and Catalina Island through them.”
- Jake, Honeymoon in January, Grand Occidental Resort, Punta Cana
“We chose Thailand because I've heard it is absolutely amazing ...super cheap, great food, extremely pleasant locals, tons of culture, and the beaches and sights are stunning. Favorite excursion has to be "elephant trainer" for a day where we spent a full day with our own personal elephant that involved everything from riding them bareback in the jungle to even bathing them in a waterfall. Fortunately the owner (Peter) of the Guesthouse/Resort we found on Trip Advisor - The Secret Garden - booked this excursion in advance for us. We were fortunate he did since Patara's Elephant Trainer for a day is the #1 "must do" attraction in Chiang Mai according to Trip Advisor.”
- Sean, Honeymoon in October, The Secret Garden Resort, Thailand